Abel Prize celebrations in Oslo

Karen Uhlenbeck received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald V

His Majesty King Harald V presented the 2019 Abel Prize to Karen Uhlenbeck at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo on the 21st of May. Uhlenbeck is "Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin" and "Visitor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study".

Karen Uhlenbeck received the 2019 Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald V at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo. Photo: Trygve Indrelid/NTB ScanpixKaren Uhlenbeck received the 2019 Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald V at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo. Photo: Trygve Indrelid/NTB Scanpix

It has become a tradition that the Abel celebrations start with the laureate laying down a wreath at the Abel monument the day before the award ceremony. The monument was created by Gustav Vigeland, the Norwegian sculptor who is known worldwide for the Vigeland Park in Oslo.

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Before the award ceremony Karen Uhlenbeck was received in audience at the Royal Palace by H.M. King Harald V. 

The Academy's Secretary General, Øystein Hov, accompanied Karen Uhlenbeck to the award ceremony in the University Aula. Hans Petter Graver, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, gave the opening speech. Then the chair of the Abel Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, presented the reasons for the awarding of the prize. He then asked His Majesty King Harald V to come forward to present the Abel Prize for 2019 to Karen Uhlenbeck.

Artistic performances by the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Camilla Spidsøe from the Norwegian National Ballet performed.  

Watch the short film about Karen Karen Uhlenbeck:

After the award ceremony there was a reception at a nearby theatre, Det Norske Teatret, where Karen Uhlenbeck was interviewed by Dutch mathematician and science communicator Ionica Smeets. The general public knows her for her popular science columns, blogs, books and television work. She has also written several books on science communication.

In the evening the Norwegian government hosted a banquet in honour of the Abel Laureate at Akershus Castle. H.M. King Harad V attended the Abel Prize banquet.

Carlos E. Kenig, President of International Mathematical Union, and Iselin Nybø, Minister of Research and Higher Education, spoke.

 

The Abel Prize award ceremony took in the University Aula with Edvard MunchThe Abel Prize award ceremony took in the University Aula with Edvard Munch's paintings on the walls. Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen

Abel lectures at the University of Oslo

The lectures will be streamed

Karen Uhlenbeck gave her Abel Prize lecture on the 22nd of May at the University of Oslo. Chuu-LianTerng and Robert Bryant gave lectures related to Uhlenbeck's work. The popular science lecture was given by stand-up mathematician Matt Parker.

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Karen Uhlenbeck first woman to win the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2019 to Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin, USA “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”

His Majesty King Harald V will present the Abel Prize to the laureate at the award ceremony in Oslo on the 21st of May.

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Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck from University of Texas at Austin

"At the University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mathematics, we are delighted and tremendously proud of Karen Uhlenbeck, recipient of the 2019 Abel Prize" - Thomas Chen, Chair of the University of Texas at Austin Math Department

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Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck from AMS President

"On behalf of the American Mathematical Society, it is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Karen Uhlenbeck, recipient of the 2019 Abel Prize. Professor Uhlenbeck has made legendary advances in several fields of mathematics. Her early groundbreaking work on harmonic maps gave rise to a new field, geometric analysis. Her analysis via gauge theory of solutions of Yang-Mills equations, had and will continue to have a profound influence on all future work in this field. She transformed the fields of geometry and analysis, crossing boundaries and making deep discoveries at the interfaces."  AMS President Jill Pipher

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President of the Academy announces Abel Prize winner

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans Petter Graver (photo), will announce the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize at the Academy on March 19. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The popular science presentation of the prize winner's work will be given by Jim Al-Khalili - a British physicist, author and broadcaster. He will also talk to the prize winner to get his/her immediate response to the news of being awarded the Abel Prize.  

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